The revolutionary grunge music that consumed radio stations during the 1990s gave way the next decade to a more mainstream sound, which could be found in small-town Mississippi. Raised in Escatawpa, vocalist Brad Arnold, guitarist Matt Roberts and bassist Todd Harrell came together to form the chart-topping rock band 3 Doors Down (3DD).
In 1996, the band began writing music and playing local shows. After gaining local recognition, they added guitarist Chris Henderson to thicken up their sound. The band continued to perform locally until they released their EP “Kryptonite.” A local radio station picked up the song and it became the No. 1 requested tune for almost 4 months.
Their success led to the band inking a deal with major record label, Republic Records. Soon after, the band released their debut album, The Better Life. The record dropped February 2000 and garnered much success. Hit songs “Duck and Run,” “Loser,” “Kryptonite,” and “Be Like That,” stayed at the top of Billboard charts for weeks. Their international success led to the album becoming 6 times platinum. The post-grunge album sold over 3 million copies in the first year.
Soon after, the band released their second album Away From the Sun. Both, critics and fans responded positively to the new record. Radios placed popular songs “When I’m Gone” and “Here Without You” on continuous rotation. The band’s successes in the studio transcended to the stage; however, without Arnold playing the drums. Before their first tour, 3 Doors Down hired drummer Daniel Adair so Arnold could lead the band from the front. After heavy touring, the band returned to the studio and released their third record, Seventeen Days. The album dropped in 2005 and has since been certified platinum. After its release, the band toured alongside southern rock legends Lynard Skynard. 3DD also shared the stage with Nickelback, Seether, Shinedown and many others.
In 2008 the band released their fourth self-titled album, which continued their rock success up to their 2011 release of Time of My Life. Three Doors Down continues to tour and do charity work. As a result of their Mississippi upbring, they have raised thousands of dollars for KatrIna victims. In 2013, the band announced they would have a new album ready sometime during 2014.